Tourists meet turtles: Volunteers talk education as turtle season begins

Turtle nest

Sea turtle nest No. 1 was found this week in Seagrove by Ann Stuart. It is a Loggerhead.

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 01:20 PM.

The turtles are back.

The first sea turtle nest of the season in South Walton was discovered Monday morning in Seagrove. It's a loggerhead.

With the turtle nesting season underway, The Sun asked South Walton Turtle Watch President Sharon Maxwell what we might expect this season.

"Expect not to expect," she said with a laugh. "I knew we would be late due to the cooler temperatures this spring."

Nesting season officially begins May 1 and runs through Oct. 31. While the start of the 2013 is later than usual, Maxwell says she remembers when the first nest wasn’t found until June 1.

Maxwell said there is not a problem with the turtles getting a later start except that later nests have a greater chance of being impacted by tropical storms as hurricane season opens June 1.

Incubation time is typically 60 days in the sand. Most of the nests South Walton sees are loggerheads, followed by green sea turtles.

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